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Last updated: 8 April 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 2 April 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic C525 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 525C Citation CJ4
Operator:Avis Industrial Corporation
Registration: N511AC
C/n / msn: 525C-0081
First flight: 2012
Total airframe hrs:2535
Engines: 2 Williams International FJ44-4A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Marion Municipal Airport, IN (MZZ) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Jackson-Reynolds Municipal Airport, MI (JXN/KJXN), United States of America
Destination airport:Marion Airport, IN (MZZ/KMZZ), United States of America
A Cessna 150 airplane, N5614E, was destroyed when it collided with a Cessna 525C business jet, N511AC, while taking off from runway 15 at the Marion Municipal Airport (MZZ), Indiana, USA. The private pilot and passenger of the Cessna 150 sustained fatal injuries and the pilot and 4 passengers of the Cessna 525 were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area. The Cessna 150 was departing on runway 15 at MZZ a local VFR personal flight and the Cessna 525 was landing on runway 22 after an IFR flight that originated from Jackson, Michigan, USA.
Examination of the accident site showed that the Cessna 150 had struck the empennage of the Cessna 525 at the intersection of runways 15 and 22. Evidence at the intersection showed that the airplanes came together perpendicular to each other. The Cessna 150 then impacted the ground and a post-crash fire ensued. The Cessna 525 continued to roll out on runway 22.

Witnesses stated that they heard the Cessna 150 pilot on runway 15 UNICOM frequency. The surviving pilot of the Cessna 525 stated that he did not see the departing Cessna 150 while he was on a straight-in approach to runway 22, nor did he see the 150 during the landing roll. He stated that he did not recall making a radio call on UNICOM, but did utilize his on board Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) system while on approach. He stated that the TCAS did not show any traffic on the airport.

The reported weather at MZZ at the time of the accident was VFR with 4 miles of visibility due to haze. Also, at the departure and arrival ends of runway 15/33, there was a sign stating, "Traffic Using Runway 4/22 Cannot Be Seen, Monitor Unicom 122.7." At the departure and arrival ends of runway 4/22, there was a sign stating, "Traffic Using 15/33 cannot Be Seen, Monitor Unicom 122.7." The MZZ airport does not have a control tower.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: CEN18FA132B

Runway incursion
Damaged on the ground



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Distance from Jackson-Reynolds Municipal Airport, MI to Marion Airport, IN as the crow flies is 220 km (138 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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